Favorite Exfoliators

New skin cells are created in the skin’s lower layer, the dermis. It takes aprox 30 days for this “new” skin to reach the surface. During those 30 days the skin becomes more acidic and becomes saturated with Keratin. Keratin is important because it protects the skin from outside elements. Through the natural ageing process, and after menopause for women, the natural process of skin shedding itself slows down and becomes uneven, which gives skin a dry and rough character. Exfoliation removes the outer layer to reveal the newer skin beneath. This shedding of the outer layer unclogs pores, keeps skin clean, and helps reduce acne outbreaks. It is possible to over exfoliate, which dries and irritates the skin. The face is the part of the body most sensitive to exfoliation. Hence, provided that exfoliating causes the skin to dry out, it is very important to moisturize it, because dry skin can lead to wrinkles! Pick your products wisely and don’t overdo it!

My three favorite picks for exfoliation are…

1. YSL Top Secret Gommage ($44) which uses sugar and oils

2. Proactive Glycolic Toner ($25) uses glycolic acid that acts as pac man eating dead skin cells

3. St. Ives Apricot Scrub (5$) Salicydic acid and granular particles

 

Watch this video to see how you can make your own natural organic body scrub

Bold Statement Brows

Beauty truism: thick, slightly unruly brows are a sign of youth. Classic Hollywood beauties, Brooke Shields and Audrey Hepburn, are bushy brow idols, and the look is still very much on trend today thanks to 21-year-old Cara Delevigne, the fashion world’s girl du jour. Her thick luscious eyebrows have become one of the most coveted looks, so I’m going to take you through my method for achieving big bold brows.

First off, there are a few different methods to create thicker, fuller eyebrows by using several different products such as liquid liners, pencils, powders or creamy formulations. But my favourite way is to take a very fine pencil and draw in tiny eyebrows, as I find that powders can look too ‘built-up’ leaving you with a cake-y finish. Now let’s start!

Before

What you will need:

Step 1: Brush and Pluck.

Brush up the eyebrows to reveal your natural shape using a clean eyebrow brush. Tweeze out any stray hairs that don’t belong.

Step 2: Define the shape.

Starting on your left eyebrow, take the eyebrow pencil and line it up with your nostril; That’s where your eyebrow should start. Dot this spot. Then take the pencil and rotate it to outer corner of your eye; This is where your eyebrow should end. Dot this spot. And then take the pencil and rotate it diagonally to the center of your eye; This is where your eyebrow should arch. Dot this spot. Repeat this dotting procedure on your right eyebrow.

Step 3: Thicken and tint.

Use the tinted eyebrow gel/mascara to thicken up your eyebrows and darken any lighter stray hairs. You’ll be surprised at how many are there!

Step 4: Pencil ‘em in.

Using short strokes, use the eyebrow pencil and brush it on like you’re drawing in hairs. Go the same direction as your natural brow.

Step 5: Brush to blend.

To finish the look, use the eyebrow brush (from step 1) and brush through the brows to blend it all together.

And Voila!

Final Results


 

Bee Stung Lips in 6 Easy Steps

Love the look of lip fillers but not quite ready for the needle yet? Many women pay good money for fuller lips at the dermatologist’s office, but if you want a gentler and more wallet-friendly approach, try enhancing your pout with makeup. Here, beauty expert Sarah Scotford shows you how to do it in six easy steps.

 

Before

STEP 1. Exfoliate

Create a fresh starting point by gently removing dead skin cells from the lips. This will prevent flaking and allow the other products to penetrate further and last longer. TRY: Some raw sugar mixed with an oil (I use coconut oil); or a wet soft bristle toothbrush. Don’t press or scrub too hard, as doing so might tear the delicate skin. The Kellett Polishing Cleanser (our editor‘s favourite facial exfoliator) can also be used on your lips.

STEP 2. Apply sunscreen

Lips shrink and wrinkle over time so using a lip sunscreen is a great preventative tool. There are some great lip products with SPF out there that don’t taste like sunscreen, and many also come in tinted formulas to give your lips a wash of colour. TRY: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 ($23 at Sephora) or Maybelline Baby Lips SPF 20 Moisturizing Balm in Quenched ($5 at drugstores and mass market retailers).

STEP 3. Line and fill

Use a lip pencil similar to your natural lip colour. Fill the entire lip and line just outside of your natural lip line.

STEP 4. Use a lighter liner

Take another lip pencil that is a shade or two lighter and colour inside the middle of your lips. This will create more of a 3D effect.

STEP 5. Apply a lip plumper

Make lips swell with a lip plumping product that contain ingredients such as cinnamon, cayenne pepper, peppermint or hyaluronic acid. These ingredients will irritate and increase blood flow to the lips causing them to temporarily swell.  TRY: A clear gloss will create a fuller pout by filling in lip lines and reflecting the light. But if you don’t like shiny lips, try a plumping lip primer like the Guerlain Kiss Kiss Liplift ($40 at Guerlain counters).

STEP 6. Create shadow and light

Like contouring works for your check bones, the same can go for your lips. Brush a darker face powder or contouring powder just under your lower lip. Think of it like drawing a shadow. Lastly use a reflecting highlighter in the center of your Cupid’s bow (the “V” part of the upper lip) to amplify the fullness.

After

 

Roll away cellulite

The benefits of foam rolling

Foam rolling was introduced to me a few months back and I can’t tell you how much it’s changed my body. Particularly with my problem thigh areas.

Did you ever help your mom bake in the kitchen as a child? and she’d get you to roll out cookie dough over and over agin until it was smooth and flat? Yup! Exactly the same concept.

It is accomplished by rolling the foam roller under each muscle group until a tender area is found, and maintaining pressure on the tender areas (known as trigger points) for 30 to 60 seconds. You’ll know when you hit the right spots, it will feel almost like you’re putting pressure on a bruise. This ‘rolling over’ tender areas will also help reduce lactic acid build up and reduce any water retention you might have.

Think about it like this; if you plopped some cottage cheese on the table and took a rolling pin to it, eventually it will be smooth. Now you’re gettin it!

The equipment that is used for foam rolling usually consists of a foam cylinder of various sizes; commonly 12 inches long, 6 inches in diameter. A variety of foam roller densities exist too, often denoted by the color of the roller.
Those new to foam rolling, or those who have particularly tight muscles or severe trigger points, often start with a softer foam roll.
White rollers are typically softer, while blue and black rolls tend to be much firmer.
Foam rolling is great to do before and after your workouts. I promise you you will love it and see great transformations if you’re consistent enough. Happy rolling!